Q:

How do anacondas kill their prey?

A:

Quick Answer

According to the New England Aquarium, anacondas, the largest species of snakes, kill through suffocation. An anaconda coils its body around its prey, squeezing tighter when the animal exhales until, eventually, the victim can no longer inhale.

Know More
How do anacondas kill their prey?
Credit: Krzysztof Dydynski Lonely Planet Images Getty Images

Full Answer

Anacondas feed on a wide variety of creatures, including mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. National Geographic indicates that anacondas swallow their prey whole because their jaws have flexible ligaments. This allows their mouths to open as wide as necessary. After feeding, anacondas do not need to eat again for weeks or even months, depending upon the size of the prey. The New England Aquarium notes that adult anacondas have few predators, though large caimans or jaguars occasionally hunt the snakes. Baby anacondas are prey for large mammals, reptiles and birds.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How long is an anaconda?

    A:

    The green anaconda is considered to be one of the largest species of snakes in the world, with some specimens reaching 29 feet in length and weighing as much as 550 pounds. Although reticulated pythons can grow longer, experts contend that the green anaconda is significantly heavier.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do anacondas breathe?

    A:

    Anacondas breathe through nostrils positioned just above their snouts. This placement is important to their predatory habits, as they can breathe while mostly submerged under water before sneaking up on their prey. Once in striking distance, they spring from the water to wrap around their prey and suffocate them.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do anacondas live?

    A:

    Anacondas live in the tropical lowlands of South America and to the east of the Andes Mountains. They are aquatic reptiles and primarily live near bodies of stagnant water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do anacondas look like?

    A:

    The most common of the four species, green anacondas are large green snakes bearing asymmetrical black spots over their entire bodies, with the spots on the side having a yellow center. Reaching up to 29 feet and 550 pounds, the green anaconda is the largest snake in the world.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore